This summary of the field provides easy access to the fundamentals. The reader is shown the fields of interferometry, holography and Fourier optics, while becoming acquainted with the coherent optical techniques of measurement. From the multitude of nonlinear optical phenomena the following topics are discussed: lasers with nonlinear dynamics; tree-wave interference; the optical parametric amplifier; and nonlinear fibre optics. Many examples and exercises with complete solutions make this book a valuable study text.
History of optics; the main areas of optics; fundamentals of wave optics; coherence; multiple-beam interference; speckles; holography; interferometry; Fourier optics; nonlinear dynamics of the laser; nonlinear optics; fibre optics.